Athea Utd AFC

U12 Cup (Sat, February 3rd)
Athea Utd 0

Glantine 8

Referee Pat King

U16 Division 2 (Sun, February 4th)
Athea Utd (0) 0

Ballingarry (4) 9

Team: Michael Tierney, Luke Gleeson, Brandon Finucane, Gavin Ambrose, David McEnery, Paraic Enright, Pierce O’Brien, Andrew O’Riordan, Eoin O’Shea, Conor Hogan, Aidan Curry. Shane Scanlon, Jack Vaughan, Dermot Pierse.

Referee Mike Dore

Premier Division (Sun, February 4th)
NCW Rovers A 7

Athea Utd A 1     (Darren Murphy)

Team: Mareks Shah, Joe Vaughan, Martin Chawke, Mathew Tierney, James Ryan, Darren murphy, Gerard Ahern, Ger Collins, Cillian O’Connor, Andy Ahern, William Cronin.

Referee Pat O’Connor.  


Saturday, February 10th
U10s home to St Itas at 11.30am
U14s home to GB Rovers at 1.30pm

Sunday, February 11th 

Junior As home to Bally Rovers at 2.30pm in the Desmond Cup

Junior Bs home to Abbeyfeale Utd A at 11.30am in the Desmond Cup


All players should check with their respective managers with regard to training times.


All connected with the club were saddened to hear on the passing of Sean Fitzgerald of Batt’s Bar last week, one of the great characters in Athea. Sean was a great supporter of the club for many years, from hosting out lotto draws to sponsoring our teams at various stages over the years. Sean was a passionate Arsenal supporter and it was a brave person who would dare criticise the gunners. To his family and friends we extend to them our deepest sympathy. Rest In Peace Sean.       

The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, February 5th are as follows –
Jackpot was €9,800. Numbers drawn 6, 23, 25, 26.

No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Mickey Mulvihill, Upper Athea. Willie McAuliffe, NCW. Donie White, Coole West. Agatha & Fionn, Markievicz Park. Kathleen Shanahan, Kilbaha.
Sellers Pat Hayes & Margaret Dalton.
New Jackpot €9,900 at The Top of the Town on Monday, February 12th

Athea GAA


Well, one of the great supporters of Athea GAA – (both men’s and ladies clubs) was laid to rest here in Holy Cross cemetery, Athea on Saturday last. Sean Fitzgerald (or Sean Batt as he was known to everyone) ran one of the oldest pubs here in Athea and his death came as a shock to the Athea community and beyond. He was an avid supporter of Arsenal and Athea Utd Soccer. The 1997 Athea GAA Jersey that he sponsored was laid on his coffin and team and club members formed a guard of honour on Friday night as he was brought to the church. He will be sadly missed by all the sporting clubs including the ‘Bikers’ who led his funeral hearse on Saturday to his final resting place. Sympathy from Athea GAA to his sisters, brother, relations and so many friends. R.I.P.


On Saturday, before the Limerick Ladies v Antrim game and the Athea men’s game v Ballydonoghue, a minute’s silence was held in remembrance of Sean Batt Fitzgerald. Despite the inclement weather a nice crowd attended and Athea pitch was the only one in Limerick suitable for the games, a fact we should be proud of!

On this Friday, 9th Athea play a challenge game in Mountcollins – so your support would be appreciated.

Coiste na nÓg:

Garda Vetting:

As we prepare ourselves for the New Year of training and matches we need to remind ALL our coaches who will be involved with children up to the age of 18 years old that they MUST be Garda Vetted.
It is a very easy process to go through. If any of our coaches are not Garda vetted they will not be allowed to coach any team until they have processed their details.
GAA vetting services are available to any person over 16 years of age fulfilling a role of responsibility with children. Consent from a parent / Guardian shall be required for applicants between 16 & 18 years of age.
If you have received an email to confirm your clearance, please forward a copy of this email to Jacqueline as soon as possible so records are up to date.

If you have any problems you can contact Athea’s Child Welfare Officer, Jacqueline O’ Connor on 086-0670091.

Child Protection Workshop:

Athea Coiste na nÓg will be holding a child protection workshop on Wednesday evening March 7th at 7pm to 10pm in the Clubhouse. It is important that all coaches attend. If there is anyone in the Parish that wants to attend, they are more than welcome. Please contact Jacqueline with your name on 086-0670091 to book a place.

Foundation Football Course:

There is a Foundation Football course taking place in Fr.Caseys GAA Club Abbeyfeale on Friday evening March 23 from 7pm-10pm and Saturday morning March 24 from 9.30am-1pm. You need to attend both days to complete the course. Places are limited so if you want to book a space please contact Jacqueline on 086-0670091 as soon as possible.

Foundation Course for New Referees:

A Foundation Course for New Referees will take place in the Woodlands House Hotel, Adare on February 6, February 13th and February 27. The course will start at 7.30pm each night. You must attend all three night in order to complete the course.